When shopping for windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, ponder these facts:
- Windows can affect the interior and exterior look and feel of your
Overland Park area home.
- The type of
windows you select can make a measureable
difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
- The quality of your windows can have a significant
impact on the long-term value of your Overland Park area
home if or when you decide to sell.
If you take the time to research the style and function choices available, you will be pleased with your purchase and love the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for years to come.
What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Overland Park home?
- What do they look
Remember that you are going to look through your replacement
windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Stand inside and study the view
carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s current
style? Will you be
able to easily open the window for cleaning? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through
the window? And don’t neglect to stand
outside from multiple viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering fits
with the architecture of your Overland Park
- How energy efficient are
the windows? Understand the facts
relating to your windows that relate to their energy
Specifics to consider are U-values and
Low-E insulating glass with argon windows,
and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values grade
the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Compare ratings of efficiency beforehand to help bring
down heating and cooling expenses and receive the most value for your investment.
- Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing your
vehicle, it is important to test operating a
window before you settle on one.
Does the window open and close smoothly? Will the window be easy
to clean? Does the window
hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be a means of exit
in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
- What is the installation process? Installation
of your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or calls for
an independent contractor. If you are using the
services of contractor, it may be smart to
inquire about installation price and included services prior to ordering your
- How will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Overland Park area varies often. Outdoor elements such as wind, rain and
snow can impact the appearance of your windows. Consider low-maintenance options like aluminum cladding or in-between-the-glass grilles for an easier way of
keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
- What color
and hardware options are available? Color options can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Overland Park home. Some manufacturers offer limited exterior color to pick from. Identify what limitations are in place for the windows
you may purchase. In addition, that latches and handles
complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware
options in your home, such as cabinetry
hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
much does a quality window cost? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to
many products, and windows are no exception. The least expensive windows may not be your best buy.
Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only
We encourage you to visit Pella at the Overland Park area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 913-246-5101.